Five years after quitting the band, the drummer teams up with Michael Stipe and Mike Mills at a political fundraiser...

Former REM drummer BILL BERRY rejoined his old bandmates MIKE MILLS and MICHAEL STIPE onstage at a political fundraiser in their native ATHENS, GEORGIA.

Berry, who left the band in 1997, got behind the drumkit again at a fundraiser on Thursday (October 3) for Georgia state senator Doug Haines, who is aiming for re-election in November. In support of his bid, several local musicians banded together to perform “all-star” style sets of politically themed cover versions.

The evening’s headlining act, Mills/Tonks, featured Mills on vocals and rhythm guitar and Berry on drums, percussion and backing vocals, assisted by local musicians William Tonks, Paul “Crumpy” Edwards and Curtis Crowe. Among the songs they played was The Clique’s ‘Superman’, which REM covered on their 1986 LP ‘Lifes Rich Pageant’.

Near the end of their set, the band were joined by Stipe, who sandThe Turtles 60s pop hit ‘Happy Together’.

The full Mills/Tonks set was:

‘Gunshow’ (Beat Farmers)

‘Who’ll Stop the Rain’ (Creedence Clearwater Revival)

‘Eve of Destruction’ (Barry McGuire)

‘Superman’ (The Clique)

‘Ohio’ (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young)

‘When Things Was Cheap’ (NRBQ)

‘Happy Together’ (The Turtles)

‘Lawyers, Guns, And Money’ (Warren Zevon)

‘Elected’ (Alice Cooper)